More than a third of foreigners living in Turkey reside in Antalya, according to the research by a Turkish statistical body. Antalya is popular with Germans, Russians and other European countries. Most expats tend to live in Antalya’s city centre, along with Alanya, Manavgat and Kemer.
Known by locals as “new Antalya people”, the foreign residents cite the city’s beauty and the friendliness of the people as being the chief reasons to live there.
Former teacher Margaret Drayson moved to Antalya City from the UK in 2009. “I have to admit it was the weather than first drew me in - 300 days of sunshine: yes please!” However, the Newcastle native says she didn’t expect to fall so completely in love with the area. “The region is stunningly beautiful - a short drive out of the city and you can find incredible green mountains, striking cliffs, waterfalls - and of course the beaches.”
An added bonus for Margaret is the economy. “I left the UK just as things started to get really bad in the recession. I bought a small apartment in Antalya city for £35,000, in Konyaalti. Four years later the value has nearly doubled.”
Margaret is hoping to buy another apartment this year, which she will let to a working couple. “The rental market is really good here so yes, I’m hoping to take advantage of that.”
The 62-year-old retiree has no plans to move back to the UK. “Living is cheap here, health care is excellent and the sun shines just about every day. I don’t even want to return home when I’m dead - you can bury me right here,” she laughs.
Other popular areas for foreign residents include the Mugla region (which encompasses Fethiye), which is home to more than 25,000 expats, and Aydin (Altinkum/Didim), where 18,000 foreigners reside.
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